Albert Lea High School students perform in All-State Concerts at Orchestra Hall

Published 8:00 pm Friday, March 8, 2024

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On Feb. 17, two Albert Lea High School music students had the honor of performing at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis as part of the All-State Music Ensembles. Ruby Mykkanen played clarinet with the Concert Band, and Kyle Steffl sang with the Tenor-Bass Choir. The concerts were a culmination of over a year of work toward this special opportunity.

The Minnesota Music Educator’s Association (MMEA) sponsors All-State, which is considered the top program of its kind across the nation. Students in high school bands, choirs and orchestras audition for an All-State spot in March. Judges listen to the students, evaluating them on their overall musicianship and technique. In mid-April, the MMEA All-State Committee chooses the final rosters. Selected students attend camp in August where they meet their guest conductor and attend long hours of rehearsals and sectionals. Although the major focus during the summer camp is developing advanced technique and making music, a full schedule of recreation and social activities gives the students an opportunity to relax and develop new friendships. The August concert is the result of great dedication and commitment by some of the most talented young musicians in Minnesota. All of the young musicians meet again in February to perform at Orchestra Hall as part of the MMEA Midwinter Convention.

Mykannen is the student of ALHS Director of Bands Suzanne Mauer, and Steffl is the student of ALHS Director of Choirs Erik Zinter. Both students are auditioning for All-State again this year.

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